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James W. Linn

Of Counsel | Tallahassee

Mr. Linn’s practice focuses on governmental, public pension, labor and employment law.

Areas of Practice

  • Advises public employers and pension boards on federal and state laws pertaining to governmental retirement plans and works closely with local governments and pension actuaries in restructuring retirement benefit programs and preparing pension plan documents and amendments.

  • Represents public employers and pension boards in pension-related litigation and appeals.

  • Represents public and private employers (management) in labor and employment law matters, including defense of employment discrimination claims, whistle-blower and wrongful termination claims, collective bargaining and employee benefit matters.

  • Assisted a number of cities and special districts in joining the Florida Retirement System.

  • Represents local governments and professional organizations in state agency rule making and policy matters.

Publications and Presentations

Professional, Civic and Community Involvement

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law and Employment Law - Management, from 2009 to present

  • Martindale Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

  • Recipient of the 2020 Paul S. Buchman Attorney of the Year Award for outstanding contributions to legal public service in the area of local government law, by the City, County and Local Government Law Section of the Florida Bar

  • Recipient of the 2011 Ralph A. Marsicano Award for significant contributions to the development of local government law in Florida, by the City, County and Local Government Law Section of the Florida Bar

  • The Florida Bar, City, County and Local Government Law Section, Chair, 1995-1996

  • Received Local Government Legal Advocacy Award, 1994

  • Frequent lecturer on public pension and employment topics




  • J.D., with honors, Florida State University College of Law, 1980

  • B.S., magna cum laude, Florida State University, 1977